Posted by: Terry | October 2, 2009

Friendly fear of God

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of Wisdom” (Proverbs 1.7 ESV)

Putting God in his right position in my life is the beginning of making the right choices for my life. How then do we fear the Lord?

Bede (c. 700) wrote that the first fear we have of God is the realization that there is a creator and judge of the world and that we will be judged for our actions. This fear leads us to repentance knowing that a loving God forgives. The fear of judgment is cast out by by the love of God (1 John 4.18).

As a follower of Christ any fear of judgment is the result of insecurity, and the Accuser of The Brethren attempting to hinder our relationship with God our Father. We are not judged because the one who we have placed our faith in was judged.

Then there is what Bede calls “Friendly fear.” This is the fear that we will hurt the one we love, and who loves us. It is this fear that is nurtured by our exposure to the knowledge and understanding that come from the mouth of God (Proverbs 2.6). It is tried and proven in the experiences of life.

Wisdom is all about getting right with God and then ordering our life in a way that is pleasing to him. The result, “Wisdom will come into your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul; discretion will watch over you, understanding will guard you…” (Proverbs 2.10-11)


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